Are nitrates bad for the soil/water? I thought plants liked them, i.e. fertilizer.



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    Nitrates can be bad for us in drinking water. They are perhaps the most dangerous for children; nitrates can interfere with oxygen-carrying cells in their blood stream, causing shortness of breath and blue skin. Nitrates can also cause hemorrhage of the spleen. Nitrates are good for the soil in certain amounts. They can help break down normally inorganic material into more soluble substances (meaning they can be more easily broken down later). This helps plants decompose, which helps the soil be more nurturing to other plant life. Nitrates aren’t necessarily bad for plants, but they are bad for us in hefty doses.

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